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The national park service has informational signs about even the smallest plants, but most of their energy is concentrated on the birds
Between March and September as some 100,000 sooty terns gather on Bush Key for their nesting season. They perform nocturnal maneuvers above the Dry Tortugas but spent their days at sea. When they do land here in February, egg-laying starts immediately. Bush Key is closed to landings during tern nesting season, but the rookery is readily witnessed from the fort with binoculars. Interspersed among the sooties' rookery are 2,500 breeding brown noddies. Unlike sooties and most other terns, noddies nest in vegetation, such as bay cedar and sea lavender. Magnificent frigate birds that soar with seven foot wingspans pray on tern hatchlings in nature's endless give and take. Visitors often see masked and brown boobies, roseate terns, double-crested cormorants, and brown pelicans, a species recently de listed as endangered.
In season, a continuous succession of songbirds and other migrants flies over or rests at the Dry Tortugas. During April and early May, the Audobon Society sponsors guided birding trips.
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